23 June 2011 09:15 [Source: ICIS news]
TOKYO (ICIS)--Japanese chemical producer Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC) has restarted production of polycarbonate (PC) and hydrogen peroxide at Kashima after completing scheduled maintenance on 22 June, the company said in a statement on Thursday.
The PC units at Kashima in Ibaraki prefecture, which produce a total of 120,000 tonnes/year, and the hydrogen peroxide plants with a total capacity of 104,000 tonnes/year are operating at “almost full rate”, a company source said over the phone.
“Some of the units are already at full rate and some have not reached full rate yet. We are gradually ramping up the operating rates,” the source said in Japanese.
MGC halted production at the PC and the hydrogen peroxide plants following the massive earthquake and tsunami of 11 March.
None of the plants were substantially damaged by the earthquake or tsunami. Production had to be stopped, however, because the supplies of electricity and feedstocks including bisphenol A (BPA) from Mitsubishi Chemical at Kashima halted when the 9.0-magnitude quake hit Japan, the official said.
MGC partially restarted operations in late April, according to the producer.
The plants were shut again from the middle of May for turnarounds, the company said.
MGC said it will be able to supply the PC and hydrogen peroxide stably from now on.
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